Journal of Life-Writing Studies – Shanghai Jiao Tong University, No.6, Spring 2016.
“Hans Renders presents a new look in the area of Life Writing Studies in China. In the Chinese academia, there have been few scholarships on European life studies; there have been unproportionate historians among the practitioners, a body that is built up mostly by literary scholars. For both reasons Professor Hans Renders’s view on biography and the development of life writing studies in Holland is valuable to the Chinese scholars. Our email interview with Hans Renders took place in October, 2015…”
Hans Renders is Professor in History and Theory of biography and is Director of the Biography Institute, both at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands. He was a member of the founding committee of Biographers International Organization (bio). He wrote two biographies, about the Dutch poet Jan Hanlo (1998) and the Dutch journalist and author Jan Campert (2004). He is editor of the Biographical Studies series and the editor in chief of a series of edited reprints of Dutch and foreign biographies. He has published studies on the theme of biography in various international journals, among them Journal of Historical Biography, Le Temps des Medias and Storia della Storiografia, and is a member of the board of Quaerendo, a journal devoted to manuscripts and printed books. He published with Binne de Haan the edited volume Theoretical Discussions of Biography: Approaches from History, Microhistory, and Life Writing (2014). He is co-founder and Vice-president of the Société de Biographie/Biography Society, and a member of the jury for the American biography prize, the Plutarch Award (source: Journal of Life-Writing Studies).